Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Developing Detailed Scenes for Our Realistic Fiction Stories

For the past 2 weeks, my students have been working really hard by developing their characters in detail (adding both internal traits and external features), writing story mountains, and starting to develop detailed scenes for their stories.

In my last post, I had included some strategies my 4th graders used to generate ideas about their characters. Once they had a clear idea about 'the special' person in their stories, they moved on to writing story mountains to further develop their writing. During readers, they studied 'Plot Elements' (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution) in English, and during writers we worked on Plot Elements but in Spanish. See picture below.

A story mountain in Spanish.

My students used a similar version of this Story Mountain to write short summaries. After they spent 2 days on their summaries, I introduced them to how realistic fiction stories are made up of scenes. Therefore, they started changing their summaries to scenes.

I model using my own writing. Here is how I changed a summary into a developed scene.

 While this is a resumed version of over 2 weeks of work, I hope it can shed some light in the process of writing of my kids. Tomorrow and Friday my fourth graders will be working on revising their leads. I compiled a few examples of Spanish leads for them to see.

There is tons of writing to do both for my students and I since I model all I expect them to do. And the 'Margaret Parker' story, is just part of my imagination.

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